Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time




44 West Flagler Street
United States


In partnership with Miami Dade County Public Schools and Volunteer Florida, City Year Miami has served over 225,000 students and contributed more than 2 million hours of service to Miami schools since its founding in 2008. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, City Year Miami AmeriCorps Members provide small-group and whole-class tutoring and support to more than 7400 students. Learn more about City Year Miami: https://www.cityyear.org/miami/about-us


City Year is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial, and people-focused leader to serve as the Executive Director at City Year Miami. This position is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral role in advocating for and advancing public education in Miami. This seasoned executive is responsible for ensuring the Miami site meets its impact, revenue, district partnership, and external relations goals. City Year Miami has the opportunity to reenergize its position in the Miami community, and key to the site’s success is a leader and collaborator who is a natural coalition-builder, people developer, and influencer who leads with both tenacity and humility.

Reporting to the Regional Vice President of the South Region, this dynamic, visionary change agent leads up to 28 staff members and a full cohort of AmeriCorps members serving in partner schools. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with City Year Miami’s advisory board, comprised of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of Miami. The Executive Director is accountable for a current annual budget of approximately $6.8M, while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to ensure the sustainability, growth, and scale to achieve City Year’s Long-Term Impact goals.

Serving as the primary champion of City Year’s impact locally, the Executive Director leads efforts to keep students in school and on track, while also ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the site. The Executive Director represents the organization within the Miami community by mobilizing powerful coalitions to catalyze greater educational opportunity for underserved students. These constituencies include: advisory board members; district leadership and school partners; Volunteer Florida; alumni; and private sector funders and sponsors.

Additionally, the Executive Director is a Vice President for City Year Inc.’s national organization and therefore strengthens the connection between City Year’s national initiatives and the local work in Miami. Through this role as Vice President, the Executive Director also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year’s national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local Miami market, the City Year South Region, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of: revenue, student impact and school partnerships, development, management and retention of AmeriCorps members and staff, and site board development and relations.

Our Executive Directors embody our core values and must have the firm belief that education has the power to help all students reach their full potential and a passion for increasing our nation’s graduation rates. To successfully execute the job’s core responsibilities, a successful Executive Director must demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Build and forge partnerships and coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance the cause of educational equity
  • Mobilize internal and external stakeholders towards a bold vision of how they can impact the lives of young people
  • Build and empower teams to fully own their functions while driving accountability and take personal responsibility for their success
  • Build community and foster a caring and supportive environment with sense of connection and belonging
  • Demonstrate curiosity and humility as a life-long learner who seeks out diverse perspectives and opportunities for self-improvement
  • Possess a deep sense of personal accountability to ensure the success of both City Year Miami locally and City Year, Inc. nationally
  • Connect with and inspire diverse teams of 18-25 year olds

Through these lenses, the Executive Director (ED) will focus on the following primary areas of responsibility:

Student Impact: In partnership with senior site staff and regional support staff, the ED will ensure high quality and commitment to the nationally developed service delivery model implemented by City Year AmeriCorps members in partner elementary, middle, and high schools. 

AmeriCorps Member Experience: Ensure the site delivers a transformational experience for all City Year AmeriCorps members, where at least 93 percent of AmeriCorps members complete their service and stay involved with City Year’s mission long-term.

People and Culture: Lead, coach, and develop up to 28 full-time staff members who support training and development of AmeriCorps members.

Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship: Serve as chief fundraiser and lead site staff and local advisory board to motivate key influencers to raise the funds necessary to meet annual ($6.8M) and long-term revenue goals (approximately 50% public sector including school district and AmeriCorps and 50% private sector). Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage strategic relationships with funders; build a sustainable revenue model based on philanthropic, government, and corporate sources. Negotiate, sustain and close partnership with district and school leaders that result in annual revenue. 

Financial Management: Ensure City Year Miami raises three percent more than it spends by managing fiscally-sound budget, forecasting, expense management, and cash flow for a site budget of $6.8M.

Board Member Engagement: Recruit, develop, and manage a diverse, dynamic and deeply engaged local advisory board to build upon and execute a multi-year site strategic plan while also contributing to the success of the national organization. Ensure cultivation and engagement of future board leadership.

Government Relations and Public Policy: Engage local and national elected officials – Governor, Mayor, City Council, local and state school board representatives, Florida State Legislature, and members of U.S. Congress - to support funding and policies for City Year and the national service movement. Maintain effective and collaborative relationship with AmeriCorps state commission (Volunteer Florida); oversee the preparation of effective AmeriCorps grant applications and progress reports, and meet performance and compliance requirements associated therein.

AmeriCorps Member Recruitment: Collaborate with City Year’s national recruitment and admissions team to ensure site recruits, selects, and admits AmeriCorps members within the regional framework, meeting quality, quantity, and inclusivity goals. Partner with site staff to ensure a strong cohort returns annually for a second year of service.

Alumni Engagement: Ensure the development of local alumni board to leverage alumni to support AmeriCorps members in service and continue their lifetime of service.

Marketing and Communications: Lead the site in increasing visibility and brand awareness of City Year’s work in local and national media, social media and marketing channels by developing and leveraging local relationships.

In Miami, the top priorities include:

  • Building a people-first environment and culture that embodies and promotes our core values
  • Deepening trusting partnerships with key stakeholders (including staff, AmeriCorps members, external partners) through meaningful relationships and authenticity
  • Developing a sustainable public and private revenue strategy that strengthens relationships with the school district, AmeriCorps, state government, corporate partners, individuals, and other key donors
  • Building a high-quality system to ensure a positive AmeriCorps member experience


  • Strong ability and experience in the behaviors listed above
  • Demonstrated success managing effective and engaged teams, including managing through multiple layers of management
  • Strong cultural competency, emotional intelligence, and experience and comfort working with underserved communities
  • Proven skills in influencing and motivating stakeholders; track record in fundraising (particularly major gifts) and/or sales and a “closer” a strong plus
  • High level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships
  • Exudes grace and confidence under pressure
  • Strong communication, listening, and public speaking skills needed to powerfully represent City Year’s mission and vision
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend events; ability to travel to in-person meetings in various cities quarterly
  • Significant local non-profit, volunteer, or multi-sector experience
  • An established cross-sector, local network a plus
  • Knowledge of Miami and Miami educational landscape strongly preferred
  • Content knowledge of K-12 education, youth development, and/or community or national service strongly preferred
  • 8-10+ years of professional experience in progressively senior positions, with a proven record of budget management and exceeding goals
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred, in a related field a plus

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Qualified applicants should complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the "Resume/CV" field on the "My Experience" page in the application. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.